The Barclays Tips: Each-way selections for the first leg of the Fedex Cup play-offs

Graeme McDowell - Paul Krishnamurty's e/w selection this week
Graeme McDowell - Paul Krishnamurty's e/w selection this week

The FedEx Cup begins and with 5.04/1 Rory McIlroy back in action the prices on most of the other runners look big. Can our five selections get Rory beat or at least land the place money? 

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Graeme McDowell @ 51.050/1

"Resilience and short game brilliance are the name of the game here and the former US Open champion has few peers in that regard."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Paul Casey @ 81.080/1

Although his game has returned to a high level, Paul Casey is not back where he wants to be just yet. Securing and maintaining both European and PGA Tour cards is an uphill struggle for anyone ranked outside the World's top 50 and that struggle has seemingly affected his golf game. Casey admits he's been fatigued and has perhaps bitten off more than he can chew this year saying: "It has been dictated by trying to play both Tours. It's crushing because my golf has been much better than that." However, Casey has been back in the US since the Open Championship and now the Englishman has secured a PGA Tour card for next season, perhaps some of the weight has been lifted. Casey was 18th last week at the Wyndham Championship and was in the top 15 on both of the previous occasions the Barclays has been held at Ridgewood CC.


Joe Dyer: Back Bill Haas @ 51.050/1
Bill Haas knows how to get the job done and it's a surprise that he hasn't won a tournament yet this season having lifted trophies in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. If he is to win this year he will have to do it at a big event but that shouldn't faze him - Haas was victorious at the Tour Championship in 2011 after all.  This potential Ryder Cupper hasn't missed a cut on the PGA Tour this year, is solid in all departments but excels with his approaches and a good week with the putter can see him go close. A second-place at the Wyndham Championship last week suggests Haas is coming into form at the right time and this five-time PGA Tour winner looks a healthy price at 51.050/1


Steven Rawlings: Back Kevin Streelman @ 101.0100/1

There's an awful lot to like about recent Travelers Championship winner, Kevin Streelman, at an almost eerily familiar venue. His grandparents are buried in the graveyard next to the 7th hole! Ridgewood Country Club is a course he describes as "like a second home" and in his two appearances here to date, he finished fourth in 2008, having led by a stroke going into the final round, and third two years later, despite an opening round of 72 that left him languishing in 72nd place. This is what he had to say about the venue after shooting 63 in round two in 2010, "It just solidifies the fact that I really love the golf course, love the area," His form has dropped off a bit since his success at TPC River Highlands in June but don't let that put you off - he went into that event on the back of four successive missed cuts and at 100/1, Streelman looks a no-brainer each-way wager.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Graeme McDowell @ 51.050/1

Prior to a disappointing USPGA, Graeme McDowell looked to be running into a rich vein of form and he remains one to keep on side at least through to the Ryder Cup. Previously, Gmac had registered five straight top-nine finishes, including a win at the French Open and easily his career best at Firestone. On reflection, Valhalla was probably longer than ideal and more of a target golf test than usually seen in majors, whereas this week's test at Ridgewood should be right up his street. Resilience and short game brilliance are the name of the game here and the former US Open champion has few peers in that regard.


Mike Norman: Back Ryan Moore @ 51.050/1

While I'm not questioning the desire of the top players to win this week the reality is that most of them will be 'jockeying' for position and looking to consolidate their place at the right end of the FedEx Cup standings. Their aim of course is to be in the top 30, and in top form, for the Tour Championship in three weeks. Ryan Moore has another agenda however. Not only does he need to perform well to maintain his position in the top 30 of the rankings, he is also out to impress Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson in the hope of getting one of three picks for the Gleneagles showdown. Moore has recorded four top-12 finishes in his last five starts on the PGA Tour, and the Ridgewood Country Club layout - a classic golf course similar to other Tillinghast courses where Moore has performed well at - will be right up this superb ball-striker's street.


Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£576.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£45.00
3. Steve Rawlings: -£56.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£116.25
5. Mike Norman: -£218.75

Overall: +£230.50

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